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‘Eastside Access’ Projects Coming to Boyle Heights

An informational presentation on the Metro Gold Line Eastside Access Project was made Tuesday, July 10, at the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce. The project, comprised of 8 transit related, pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects, stretches from Boyle Heights to unincorporated East Los Angeles.

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Eastside Access projects, funded by voter approved Measure R, revolve around the Metro Gold Line light rail stations that opened in 2009. While several of the projects are directly located at Gold Line stations, others are located along the route between the stations. The enhancements aim to increase Gold Line ridership on the eastside by strengthening connections between stations and surrounding communities, according to Metro Project Manager Laura Cornejo, who gave Tuesday’s presentation.

The enhancements also focus on improving access and safety, designing creative solutions for landscape, public art, lighting and signage on City-owned streets and sidewalks.


A bike friendly streetscape is being planned for a section of Mott Street, a residential street, between Cesar Chavez and 4th Street. Image by Metro

The projects around Boyle Heights’ Pico/Aliso, Mariachi Plaza, Soto and Indiana station, include: a plaza at 1st Street and Cummings; new sidewalks, trees and lighting along the 1st Street Arts District (between Boyle and Soto); a bike friendly streetscape between Cesar Chavez and 4th Street on Mott Street; several enhancements to the Evergreen Cemetery jogging path along 1st Street; and pedestrian friendlier curbs and sidewalks along Bailey at 1st and Pennsylvania. The plans also call for a small garden across from the White Memorial Medical Center.

In unincorporated East LA, the Gold Line’s Indiana, Maravilla, East LA Civic Center and Atlantic Boulevard stations will also receive improvements, but planning for those projects is still in the early stages, according to Cornejo.

The Boyle Heights Eastside Access projects have a Metro Community Advisory Committee (CAC), comprised by community stakeholders, who provide feedback on the project. The group’s next meeting is Thursday, September 22. For more on Eastside Access visit http://www.metro.net/projects/eastside/goldline_eastside_access/ [3]

Businesses interested in construction contracts can call the Equal Opportunity Department at (213) 922-2600.